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Admin: Moving Web Hosts

Admin: Moving Web Hosts

Apologies for light posting over the past few days, as I had to move web hosts (not once, but twice!) at very short notice. Comments have been down and you may have noticed some site glitches recently. But, knock on wood, things should be back to normal by end of today. I have a few CES-related posts sketched up in my notebook, so I can’t wait to…

Yahoo! Go – A Portal That Spans Devices

Yahoo! Go – A Portal That Spans Devices

Yahoo! Go is being advertised as “a new
suite of products and services for your PC, mobile phone and even your TV”. The main aim
is to enable people to connect with their content (e.g. email, photos, music) across a
range of devices. 

Right now the Go product range is limited. Upon clicking the “Get Started Now” button
I got two “coming soon…

Yahoo and the Future of Television

Yahoo and the Future of Television

Yahoo will broadcast
a reality tv series called “Wow House” on their Web portal within the next few
months. The SF Chronicle calls it an early step in Yahoo’s ultimate goal to create
television of the future. Wow House has a technology focus, as families participating in
the show compete to outfit their homes with $10,000 worth of the latest…

Apple to own rich media in ’06?

Apple to own rich media in ’06?

The Internet Stock Blog
asks: “Is it possible that if Yahoo is the new Internet media leader with RSS, etc. and Google is the leader in search, that Apple will own rich media?”
Well ‘own’ is too strong a word, but I do know I’ll be paying much more
attention to Apple this year than last. With iTunes and the recently video-enabled iPod…

LA Times Goes Ape With Media Industry Predictions

LA Times Goes Ape With Media Industry Predictions

Looking at the media year ahead,
the LA Times christens Google the new 800-pound gorilla – and also the Big Bad Wolf –
of the media business. It’s an extraordinary article that predicts mega-billion dollar
wheeling and dealing in the media industry in 2006. Here are some highlights relating to
Web companies:

Google PC, Cubes

LA Times suggests…

2005 reflections and plans for 2006

2005 reflections and plans for 2006

It’s technically New Years Eve where I am, as I write this. I haven’t done much
blogging over the past week, because I’ve been re-charging my batteries and making plans
for 2006. In this post I reflect on the year that’s past and tell you a bit about my
plans for R/WW in 2006.

A year ago I set myself a goal to convert my hard work on Read/WriteWeb…

Acquisitions and The Big 3

Acquisitions and The Big 3

William Slawski has compiled two very useful lists of acquisitions, first by Google and now by Yahoo (see also The Guardian’s list). I’ll add the third, Microsoft’s
acquisitions as listed on their corporate site. From 2003 on:

Nov. 3, 2005: FolderShare 
Nov. 3, 2005: media-streams.com AG 
Aug. 30, 2005: Teleo Inc. 
Jul. 20, 2005…

A Year of Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Ups

A Year of Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Ups

On 9 January
2005, I published the first of my Web 2.0 Weekly
Wrap-ups. When I launched it I described it as “a weekly summary of news and views
relating to Web 2.0 (Web as platform).” I pumped out one a week for the rest of 2005. In
many ways I viewed the Wrap-Up as the anchor for my blog. 

Currently the Weekly Wrap-Up is on a
break – as I…

Best Web Companies and Innovators of 2005

Best Web Companies and Innovators of 2005

Last year about this time I did a post celebrating the best Web companies of
2004. I was planning on doing a mega version of that this year, extending it to
software and services. But then Dion came up with his excellent list
of best Web software of ’05, as close to definitive as you’ll get. So I’m going to focus
once again on companies and…

Phone-throwing kiwi explains

Phone-throwing kiwi explains

After
my phone-throwing incident earlier this week, I think I’ve calmed down enough
now to do the equivalent of going
on the Letterman show and saying sorry to anyone I offended. My friend Mike Arrington called
me a traitor and others baled me up about what I wrote. My position hasn’t
changed, but I think I can do a better job of…

Lots going on in Citizen Journalism

Lots going on in Citizen Journalism

– Dan Gillmor is building a non-profit ‘Center for Citizen Media’, moving on from his previous (for-profit) project called Bayosphere. [via SiliconBeat]

– The much-anticipated Pegasus News has released their first product, a music and entertainment news site called TexasGigs. It started as a music blog by Cindy Chaffin in 2002 – Chaffin will…

Thanks Feedster

Thanks Feedster

Feedster has named Read/WriteWeb one of their Feeds of the Year. Their summary of my blog is pretty funny, given the controversy over the past few days. Russell Shaw, whose post was the final straw which led me to declaring myself fed up with all the Web 2.0 hype and debate, was one of the judges!

Talk about coincidence. A couple of days ago on my…

Cat eats pigeons: why Web 2.0 has jumped the shark

Cat eats pigeons: why Web 2.0 has jumped the shark

Well my declaration that Web 2.0 is dead set
the cat amongst the pigeons. Let me give a bit of background…

I’ve been thinking for a while now about re-focusing Read/WriteWeb onto more
media-related Web technologies. Many of the things I’m interested in are being done by
Yahoo!, which by now is generally recognized as a media company. Web-based…

Ben’s Top Ten 2006 Features to Flip

Ben’s Top Ten 2006 Features to Flip

Ben Barren’s written an excellent series of posts about his favorite features to flip. Here’s his top ten:

#1 – Podcasting Ratings
#2 – Better Blogging Tools
#3 – MySpace meets Linkedin
#4 – Non-Text RSS Reader
#5 – RSS Search/Reader Attention Glue
#6 – Images for Adsense
#7 – Podcasting Creation Tool
#8 – Enterprise Vanity Search
#9 – Blog/RSS…

Sir Tim Berners-Lee blogs

Sir Tim Berners-Lee blogs

The inventor of the World Wide Web is now blogging:

“In 1989 one of the main objectives of the WWW was to be a space for sharing information. It seemed evident that it should be a space in which anyone could be creative, to which anyone could contribute. The first browser was actually a browser/editor, which allowed one to edit any page, and…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 10 – 16 Dec 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 10 – 16 Dec 2005

Here’s the Top Ten web technology and new media memes, issues or news stories of the
past week.

1. Yahoo buys
del.icio.us. Yahoo! continues its buying spree of cool Web app companies, after also buying Flickr and konfabulator
this year. Bubblegeneration had a nice
summary: “Yahoo, I think, is rolling up social plays so it can basically do what…

Web 2.0 is dead. R.I.P.

Web 2.0 is dead. R.I.P.

I’ve had enough of the hype. I’ve had enough of cynicism. I’ve had enough of hate blogs. The nail in the coffin was this post on ZDNet, by Russell Shaw. The thing is, I agree with Russell. The term ‘Web 2.0’ is distracting from the real value going on in the Web right now.

Read/WriteWeb will be focusing on more media-related web technology in…